QA or the Highway 2015 – Speaker Series – Featuring Raj Subramanian

QA or the Highway

Our second featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Raj Subramanian.

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1. What attracted you to speaking at QA or the Highway?

I always wanted to contribute to local conference groups within Ohio as there are large amount of curious and like minded testers in this region. That being said, I was already contributing to local conference groups like NOSQAA (www.nosqaa.org) in Cleveland and found out that QaortheHighway is a bigger conference group which started last year and so wanted to be part of that too. Since the conference existence last year a large number of people have attended the conference and I am one of them.

2. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?

Networking with other testers and talking testing with them is the single most important thing I am looking forward to at the conference.

3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at QA or the Highway?

The same things that hold good for other big testing conferences applies to QaortheHighway as well

• Feel free to attend multiple sessions even at the same time. If you don’t like one get up and leave. Go to another session which may be of interest to you. Get the maximum value for your buck. No one would get offended as this is a common occurrence at conferences.
• There are always going to be bad and good speakers based on attendees interests. So, feel free to explore them and network with speakers and other testers in the sessions.
• Look out for testers gathering or informal networking events at the conference. This is a great opportunity to learn and talk about testing.
• I personally take a lot of notes at conferences and reach out to speakers to get access to their slides to go through them when the ideas are fresh in your mind.
• Keep your ears open for interesting testing techniques, tools and other testing topics which speakers and attendees talk about. You can later take this back to your respective companies and share it with other peers.

4. How did you become involved in testing?

After doing a lot of reading and attending conferences, I wanted to contribute my ideas and experiences to the testing community. That is how I got involved in testing through blogging, writing, speaking and other engagements.

More information can be found here on my website -> http://www.rajsubra.com/speaking-writing/ and http://www.rajsubra.com/my-experiences/

5. What are some of you favorite tools in your “testing toolbox”?

I am tools agnostic and I don’t have a favorite tool. I believe that tools are meant to help during the testing process but not the other way around. The tools should not dictate how we do the testing. I use tools as an aid to help me out in testing.  So, whichever tool fits my needs based on the context of what I am trying to do would be the best tool for me.

6. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped your testing efforts?

I have read a lot of books, follow some testers on a regular basis and do a lot of networking. All the related information about my references can be found here->

http://www.rajsubra.com/useful-links/

http://www.rajsubra.com/mobile/  (useful links specific to mobile testing)

7. Would you like to add any advice for testers?

My personal point of view is “Testing is an art, it involves lot of creative exploration and thinking.” Only when one realizes this, he/she can add more value to the team and the stakeholders who are looking to you for different observations about the system under test.

Another thing which resonates within me are the phrases my friend and colleague Joe Ours always quotes “Testers are information brokers”. We provide as much information as possible about the system to aid in decision making.

It is important to realize these things to grow and contribute as a tester.

Raj will be speaking on “When Cultures Collide – A tester’s story”.

You can find Raj’s speaker bio, session information, or more information about QA or the Highway 2015 by going to any of the following links:

http://qaorthehighway.com/qa-or-the-highway/2015-conference-speakers/
http://qaorthehighway.com/qa-or-the-highway/2015-conference-presentations/
http://qaorthehighway.com/

You can also find Raj online at the following locations:

Twitter: @epsilon11
Blog: Raj Subramanian

Previous speakers featured from the QA or the Highway 2015 – Speaker Series:
Jim Holmes

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